The New York Daily News reports today that
“Albert Baldeo, a Democratic district leader representing southeastern Queens, was slapped with four counts of conspiracy and fraud by Manhattan federal prosecutors and faces more than 20 years in the slammer.”
The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York alleges that Baldeo tried to illegally obtain matching funds by fabricating donations to his failed City Council campaign. Here’s the plan. Step 1: give the money for donations to “straw” donors. Step 2: watch the matching money roll on in. Apparently, he obtained $6 of matching funds for every $1 of these so-called donations.